Start a Club, looking to start a club? Follow these steps:

Start a Club

Recognized student clubs enjoy benefits like: use of campus spaces, the freedom to promote their club and events on campus, and the opportunity to apply for ASI funding (subject to availability and eligibility).

To start a club...

Step 1: Check for club availability.

Use the Find a Club search to make sure that no other club exists with a similar purpose.

Step 2: Recruit 8 members and an advisor.

  • Find eight currently enrolled Cal Poly students who would like to be a part of the club.
  • Find a Cal Poly State University employee who would be willing to serve as the club's advisor.
    Tip: Find the contact information for faculty and staff on your Cal Poly Portal, "Home" tab, "Simple Search."

Step 3: Complete and Submit the Petition and Bylaws

You can also submit both documents in person to ASI Club Services in the University Union (building 65, room 203).

Complete the Training

If your Petition for University Recognition and bylaws are in order, you will receive an email notification to have your president, treasurer, and advisor complete the training.

Submit your Charter

Once all required officers/advisors have completed the training, ASI Club Services will be notified and a Club Charter will be emailed to the incoming club president within 5-7 business days with instructions on how to complete the chartering process. Wet signatures (hand-signed, no scans) are required before submitting to ASI Club Services.

For additional step-by-step instructions on what is involved in starting a new Cal Poly club, see the Cal Poly RSO Handbook

Independent Student Organizations (ISOs)

While ISOs do enjoy benefits of use of campus spaces and promotion opportunities, they are not eligible to apply for the same ASI funds which other clubs can apply for.

The university, through the Office of the Dean of Students, officially recognizes ISO's. ASI is a partner with the university, charged with administering the rostering and E-Plan process for ISOs.

To be considered, your organization must meet the following criteria:

  • Maintain office affiliation with a national organization of incorporation as a non-profit
  • Follow a national organizations' constitution
  • Follow a national organization's bylaws (customizing bylaws to the local organization is acceptable per authorization from the national organization)
  • Member must pay dues that partially go to their national organization.
  • The national organization provides insurance coverage for its affiliated chapters.

If you believe your group meets the above ISO criteria, the next step in the process is to schedule a meeting with the Office of Dean of Students.  At this meeting, it will be determined if in fact the ISO criteria have been met. At that point, the group will be invited to:

  • Enter into a recognition agreement with the university
  • Provide a certificate of insurance from THE organization's national governing body
  • Complete the Online Training
  • Submit a Roster to ASI Club Services

ISOs are required to submit a contract, proof of insurance and proof of an off-campus bank account every year. 


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